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The Best American Mystery Stories 2016
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 11, 2016
Just finished The Best American Mystery Stories 2016, as always with TBAMS series, there were 5 really good stories, 5 really bad stories and 10 perfectly adequate stories. Also as usual the term 'mystery story' is used here quite loosely, the term 'short crime fiction' might be more apt. The best of the bunch were A Death by Stephen King, Safety by Lydia Fitzpatrick, Robert Lopresti's Street of The Dead House, Christmas Eve at The Exit by Kristine Katherine Rusch, and my favorite story, Entwined by Brian Tobin. Entwined is so good, my writing about it could never do it justice. But I found it to be surprising, moving and impossible to forget, along with a great sense of pacing. Of course your mileage may vary, and you may love my 5 least favorite, but that's ok, that's what anthologies are for, something for everybody.